After a historic seven-decade reign, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, died on September 8. She was 96 years old. According to a statement released by the Royal Family on the same day, the Queen “passed away peacefully” at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Elizabeth’s eldest son Charles will now be King of England, and he shared a moving statement on Instagram after the loss. King Charles’ reaction to the death of Queen Elizabeth II is deeply touching.
“The passing of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a time of great sadness for me and all of my family,” he wrote. “We deeply mourn the passing of a dear Sovereign and a beloved Mother. I know his loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
The King continued: “During this time of grief and change, my family and I will be comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held,” he concluded.
Since September 8, Charles has been king only by title. The official process will involve a meeting of the “Membership Council” at St. James’s Palace in London. This council will oversee the coronation ceremony, which likely won’t happen immediately due to all the complex planning required. The Queen’s official coronation took place on June 2, 1953, four months after the death of her father, King George V.
Prince William and Prince Harry have yet to make any public statements about the loss of their grandmother, but Harry has kept her spirit alive in a special way. He and Meghan Markle named their daughter Lilibet as a nod to Elizabeth’s childhood nickname.
Charles’ wife, Camilla, will henceforth be known as Queen Consort. (Spouses in the royal family are traditionally called this; Prince Philip, who married into the Windsor family, was also a consort.)
On September 8, the country’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, described Queen Elizabeth as “the rock on which modern Britain was built” and emotionally underlined: “Our country has grown and prospered under her reign. . Britain is the great country it is today thanks to her. Truss, who took office two days earlier on September 6, added that the Queen “is the very spirit of Britain”.
Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II. ❤️